hi, i have had a painful neck, and lower back for two years, a rheumatologist done a blood scan, also because i had other painful joints, the scan came back 'normal', he wrote and told me gp, and said my pain was psycological. since then what ever i complained about i was told it was all in my head, and due to depression, yes i admit i was depressed, but that was because no-one believed me! so i have been in terrible pain with only over the counter painkillers. i knew i had OA in my knee's thats all. then just before xmas 06, i was getting shooting pains down my legs so i was sent for an x-ray, came back OA in hips, but 'not enough to cause any pain!' said my gp. my big toe was getting so stiff i couldn't walk on it (been painful, gradually getting worse over the year) gp finally said i could see a foot doc.....yipee! then i had a RTA, had mri on my neck i had prolapsed discs and degenerative disc disease, which according to consultant i had had for ages...grrrrrrrrrrr. and was very suprised it had not been diagnosed earlier, so i wasn't going mad after all. i'm due to have an operation now, don't know when yet. 2 weeks later saw foot doc, and now i need op on my toe, it has OA in the base. my ankle swelled up on and of for two weeks, rang help line told to go to A+E, not broken or anything but guess what, i also have OA in that too!!!! saw consultant about neck again, and asked to see my blood scan i had done 1 1/2 years ago, there were dark patches on my knees, hips, toe and ankle i asked what that meant, and was told it showed up inflamation in joints, my neck and lower back showed up black, but i didn't ask why. so why was i told it came back 'normal' , which has made my life a living painful ***l this last 2 yrs. i'm on stronger medication now, but maybe should have been believed and given it alot sooner.......i've changed my gp now, lets hope my new one is better.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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